Shopper who bagged ?40 worth of food for ?1.55 reveals how YOU can do it too [Video]

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A MUM-OF-THREE managed to bag a £40.35 shop for just £1.55, thanks to her love of “scabby shopping”.

Savvy Anna Taylor, from Bristol, bought the groceries from her local Asda in Longwell Green.

 Anna Taylor, from Bristol, picked up this £40.35 shop for just £1.55 in her local Asda

Anna Taylor

Anna Taylor, from Bristol, picked up this £40.35 shop for just £1.55 in her local Asda

She told how she operates a method she calls “scabby aisle shopping” and has managed to save hundreds of pounds on her weekly shop over the years by doing so.

But she admitted this latest haul was one of her best.

Anna told Bristol Post: “We love ‘scabby aisle’ shopping. It’s the perfect way of saving money and creating different meals you might not think of trying.

“We’re not put off by food dates, plus we freeze most things so nothing goes to waste.”

 Savvy Anna operates a method she calls 'scabby aisle shopping' and has managed to save hundreds of pounds on her weekly shop over the years

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Savvy Anna operates a method she calls ‘scabby aisle shopping’ and has managed to save hundreds of pounds on her weekly shop over the years

 Anna said she freezes a lot of items to stop them going to waste

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Anna said she freezes a lot of items to stop them going to waste

She said her massive saving of £38.80 was “luck of the draw”, adding that she didn’t intentionally visit the supermarket to pick up a trolley-load of bargains.

“We used to go in at specific times when we knew there would be reductions, but that was when we were struggling with money,” Anna explained.

She said her family had got into the habit of digging around in the reduced aisle for bargains when they were hard up.

Anna’s incredible Asda haul

  • Half an aromatic duck – 25p
  • One tub of McCain roast potatoes – 10p
  • Two tubs of mini pork and pickle pies – 10p each
  • Three packets of crispy bacon – 10p each
  • 10 bottles of Actimel – 40p
  • One tub of egg mayonnaise – 10p
  • One foil tray of gammon and pineapple tray bake – 10p
  • Four foil trays of chicken breast and potato wedges meals – 10p each

But she found the technique has actually been beneficial not only for saving on food bills, but for broadening her and her family’s horizons.

“I like trying different things that I might not normally buy,” Anna said.

“But we only buy if we will use it. Nothings a bargain if it’s going to be wasted.”

Surprisingly, Anna insists that this isn’t her most impressive lot.

 The mum-of-three said her massive saving of £38.80 was luck of the draw - and not her best haul

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The mum-of-three said her massive saving of £38.80 was luck of the draw – and not her best haul

She said she once picked up a whole chicken for just one penny.

“The member of staff took it off the shelf ready to put in the bin as it was that day’s date,” Anna recalled.

“I asked if I could buy it so it wasn’t going to be wasted, they said they couldn’t give it to me for free but put 1p on it.”

Anna’s top tips for ‘scabby aisle shopping’

  • Go at the right time of the day – supermarkets usually discount things at the end of the day to get rid of items that go out of date on that day
  • Get creative – scabby aisle shopping means you’ll pick up lots of items that you wouldn’t normally buy, so don’t be afraid of trying new things and cooking something new
  • Use the freezer – this is the best way to ensure things don’t get wasted
  • Don’t waste food – nothing’s a bargain if it’s not going to get eaten, so don’t bother buying things just because they’re on offer
  • Haggle – while it might not work in a supermarket, you could save on things like broadband and TV packages, just like Anna, who once saved £45 on an internet hub

Last month we told how a thrifty mum-of-two was set to have a free Christmas by winning competitions – and she enters up to 100 a day.

Another mum slashed her food bill to ZERO and ate £100 of free food in a week by relying on giveaways.

And a fashion blogger spent five days wearing clothes she bought for £4 or less on eBay.

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